Richmond Park deer cull begins

Your Local Guardian: Richmond Park deer cull begins Richmond Park deer cull begins

Protesters took to the streets of Kingston against Richmond and Bushy Park’s annual deer cull on Saturday.

The park will close to the public at about 8pm tonight.

The cull is done to sustain the number of deer and avoid the spread of disease of the 630 deer in Richmond Park, with 170 to 200 new births each year.

Over a three to four-week period, trained marksmen enter the park and shoot the deer with high powered rifles in the way deemed most humane – one shot through the head.

Organiser Lesley Dove said before the march: “We believe the deer cull is cruel and unnecessary. People have been saying they hear shots and the cries of the terrified deer.”

But Ron Crompton, of Friends of Richmond Park, said: “You can’t keep increasing herd numbers.

“Scientific research has shown the park can only support 630 deer each year so we have got to reduce the herd.”

Carcasses are then sold on the open market to wholesalers and profits go back into the running of the park.

A spokesman for Royal Parks said contraception was not a feasible option as there was currently no licensed contraception for deer in the UK.

He said: “Attempting to maintain too many deer within a restricted park area would soon lead to a build-up of parasites and other pathogens causing disease in the deer.”

Last year about 20 people turned up at the war memorial in Hampton Wick and walked into Kingston.

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3:02pm Mon 5 Nov 12

jonboy123 says...

Absolutely no excuse for this in a civilised society. Quite clearly this blood sport is also a money-making opportunity.
Absolutely no excuse for this in a civilised society. Quite clearly this blood sport is also a money-making opportunity. jonboy123
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4:05pm Mon 5 Nov 12

jeremyhm says...

On the contrary, it is no different to a farmer sending his beef cattle or sheep to the abattoir. If there is no culling, deer would starve. Would that be a good outcome?
On the contrary, it is no different to a farmer sending his beef cattle or sheep to the abattoir. If there is no culling, deer would starve. Would that be a good outcome? jeremyhm
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5:15pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Nick81 says...

A deer cull is necessary. The deer population is at its limit throughout the uk as they have no predators anymore. Without this cull it would have a deeper impact of the other wildlife living in the area with food shortages and alike.
As the meat is then sold and used to keep the park running and creating money, business and food for people its an efficient way of keeping the numbers down.
Remember that we eat venison in this country and as the above post stated this is no more than free range cows and sheep. It would be different if the meat was wasted and the bodies left to rot.

Though, if you would prefer we could introduce bears and wolves into the park to keep the numbers down
A deer cull is necessary. The deer population is at its limit throughout the uk as they have no predators anymore. Without this cull it would have a deeper impact of the other wildlife living in the area with food shortages and alike. As the meat is then sold and used to keep the park running and creating money, business and food for people its an efficient way of keeping the numbers down. Remember that we eat venison in this country and as the above post stated this is no more than free range cows and sheep. It would be different if the meat was wasted and the bodies left to rot. Though, if you would prefer we could introduce bears and wolves into the park to keep the numbers down Nick81
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9:58pm Mon 5 Nov 12

kazza76 says...

would it not be more humane to move some of the deer to another area of grazing ground i think culling is inhumane and unacceptable in this day and age. absolutely vile practice shame on you all who support it.
would it not be more humane to move some of the deer to another area of grazing ground i think culling is inhumane and unacceptable in this day and age. absolutely vile practice shame on you all who support it. kazza76
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9:20am Tue 6 Nov 12

CH1983 says...

I'm sure no one wants to shoot them however due to the reasons explained above it is for the best and there are no other options. As Elton called it - the circle of life.
I'm sure no one wants to shoot them however due to the reasons explained above it is for the best and there are no other options. As Elton called it - the circle of life. CH1983
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9:37am Tue 6 Nov 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

Nope, bring back the bears and the wolves.

Biodiversity, m'kay :)
Nope, bring back the bears and the wolves. Biodiversity, m'kay :) Prince Philip of Greece
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11:06am Tue 6 Nov 12

Che Gary says...

Yes shame on you and all of you that support it.......really. Welcome to the real world.

There are to many deer in the park and the owners of the park deem it neccessary to cull them on a yearly basis. I am sure I read that they pick on the weak and old first, so really they are doing the deer a favour.......

I think its quite good as venison prices tumble during this period...get it whilst you can I say.
Yes shame on you and all of you that support it.......really. Welcome to the real world. There are to many deer in the park and the owners of the park deem it neccessary to cull them on a yearly basis. I am sure I read that they pick on the weak and old first, so really they are doing the deer a favour....... I think its quite good as venison prices tumble during this period...get it whilst you can I say. Che Gary
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4:16pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Miss Moo says...

Instead of knee jerk reactions to perceived cruelty, people should inform themselves a little more objectively about wild life preservation. Throughout the UK and not just the Royal Parks, the deer population tends to reach a critical mass. Without any natural predators, there are simply too many animals for any game park, forest or other natural reserves to sustain without regular culls. Whether we like it or not, there needs to be a careful balance in the eco system as an unchecked deer population would mean damage to vegetation and ultimately other wildlife. The annual cull is a feature not just in Richmond Park but a part of game keeping everywhere else. Sadly sometimes, a love for animals can actually have the opposite effect. Just like people who have too many pets to effectively look after, misplaced and ill formed sentimentality over poor ‘Bambi’ means too many deer would lead to starvation among the herd in Richmond Park, which is a fairly small area after all. The number of animals culled isn’t due to some commercial interest or random act of cruelty but down to considered assessment of how many animals the park can sustain to keep the herd healthy and fed.

Currently there aren’t any safe licenced contraceptives to control the deer population. These are wild animals that would suffer great stress if someone tries to move them to another part of the UK. They are not used to being herded or handled like domestic cattle. Plus everywhere in the UK, the deer population needs to be controlled as mentioned above.

There have been some claims from unverified sources that the deer cry and gather around shot animals or residents hear shots. The animals are shot by trained marksmen who use silencers to keep stress levels among the herd down. In fact, in many instances while an animal might be shot and dies instantly, other deer continue eating totally unperturbed. The cull isn’t done as a cruel sport but a vital part of keeping a healthy sustainable herd long term. In particular, the number of young bucks has to be kept down for obvious reasons to limit the fighting during mating season. The proceeds of the sales go directly back to feeding and looking after the herd. Basically, the annual cull is part of responsible and not the least cruel animal husbandry.

Think it is great and important that people take an active stance against any animal cruelty but wish that everyone informs themselves a bit more objectively rather than blindly jump on some band wagon.
Instead of knee jerk reactions to perceived cruelty, people should inform themselves a little more objectively about wild life preservation. Throughout the UK and not just the Royal Parks, the deer population tends to reach a critical mass. Without any natural predators, there are simply too many animals for any game park, forest or other natural reserves to sustain without regular culls. Whether we like it or not, there needs to be a careful balance in the eco system as an unchecked deer population would mean damage to vegetation and ultimately other wildlife. The annual cull is a feature not just in Richmond Park but a part of game keeping everywhere else. Sadly sometimes, a love for animals can actually have the opposite effect. Just like people who have too many pets to effectively look after, misplaced and ill formed sentimentality over poor ‘Bambi’ means too many deer would lead to starvation among the herd in Richmond Park, which is a fairly small area after all. The number of animals culled isn’t due to some commercial interest or random act of cruelty but down to considered assessment of how many animals the park can sustain to keep the herd healthy and fed. Currently there aren’t any safe licenced contraceptives to control the deer population. These are wild animals that would suffer great stress if someone tries to move them to another part of the UK. They are not used to being herded or handled like domestic cattle. Plus everywhere in the UK, the deer population needs to be controlled as mentioned above. There have been some claims from unverified sources that the deer cry and gather around shot animals or residents hear shots. The animals are shot by trained marksmen who use silencers to keep stress levels among the herd down. In fact, in many instances while an animal might be shot and dies instantly, other deer continue eating totally unperturbed. The cull isn’t done as a cruel sport but a vital part of keeping a healthy sustainable herd long term. In particular, the number of young bucks has to be kept down for obvious reasons to limit the fighting during mating season. The proceeds of the sales go directly back to feeding and looking after the herd. Basically, the annual cull is part of responsible and not the least cruel animal husbandry. Think it is great and important that people take an active stance against any animal cruelty but wish that everyone informs themselves a bit more objectively rather than blindly jump on some band wagon. Miss Moo
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4:53pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Che Gary says...

****sarcasm alert******


Perhaps if the deer where not culled, the band wagon could be pulled by them, like the Christmas sleigh winky face winky face..........lol
****sarcasm alert****** Perhaps if the deer where not culled, the band wagon could be pulled by them, like the Christmas sleigh winky face winky face..........lol Che Gary
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9:34pm Sat 10 Nov 12

QPR4Me says...

Send in Fenton.

On a serious note. The deer cannot be shifted and dumped somewhere else. The stress would be too much for them and there is no spare land for them anyway.

The rubbish about Deer gathering around the dead ones is just that, rubbish! Anthropormorphism (giving animals human feelings) is ignorant in the extreme. Herd animals do not think like us in anyway.

Allowing the deer to overpopulate would weaken the herd through starvation and allow disease to affect and damage it.

Get real, soppy views and ideals towarsd these deer will, in the long term, make things a lot worse.

I am not being heartless in any way, just being realistic. In the long term, without natural predators to do the job, the herd has to be managed, and sometimes culled, for the good of the animals that remain.

The guys who do the shooting do not get joy from killing the weak and the old, however, they take pride in doing their job properly and killing the selected animal instantly with one shot where possible.
Send in Fenton. On a serious note. The deer cannot be shifted and dumped somewhere else. The stress would be too much for them and there is no spare land for them anyway. The rubbish about Deer gathering around the dead ones is just that, rubbish! Anthropormorphism (giving animals human feelings) is ignorant in the extreme. Herd animals do not think like us in anyway. Allowing the deer to overpopulate would weaken the herd through starvation and allow disease to affect and damage it. Get real, soppy views and ideals towarsd these deer will, in the long term, make things a lot worse. I am not being heartless in any way, just being realistic. In the long term, without natural predators to do the job, the herd has to be managed, and sometimes culled, for the good of the animals that remain. The guys who do the shooting do not get joy from killing the weak and the old, however, they take pride in doing their job properly and killing the selected animal instantly with one shot where possible. QPR4Me
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